You don't have to wander down a rabbit hole to escape reality for a bit. Great Basin National Park in Nevada feels like Wonderland brought to life with incredible sights and stops throughout the entire area. You can adventure through caves, stargaze under a sky so bright it looks like a picture, and swim in turquoise lakes.
The park is located near the Nevada/Utah border and makes up a small piece of the Great Basin. It encompasses many natural terrains that look like something out of Alice In Wonderland.
You can dip your feet in the glacial waters and enjoy some epic views of the area before exploring the other parts of the park.
There are limestone caves that look like something from a sci-fi flick, with stalagmites and stalactites reaching from the ground and ceiling in unreal patterns. The guided tours take you down into the caves, so you feel like you are winding through a rabbit hole.
You might all encounter bristlecone pine trees along the way. These towering ancient plants look like remnants of a Tim Burton film.
They grow thick and spiraled due to the harsh environment, and are some of the oldest trees in the world.
As night falls, you can stargaze from the scenic drive at Mather Overlook, and see stars so bright they look like you could reach out and touch them.
The area has some of the best stargazing around, and on (scheduled) summer evenings, you can hop on the Star Train to learn all about the night sky.
Under all those glittering stars, you will feel like you're closer to space than on Earth.
Great Basin is one of the most incredible and unbelievable areas and is only a 5-hour road trip from Las Vegas. It's the perfect way to escape the city for a day or two.
You won't need to watch or read any fantastical stories after your visit because you will feel like you lived one.
Great Basin National Park
When: Open year-round
Address: Ely, NV
Why You Need To Go: This park transports you to another world full of swirling trees, wild caves, and sparkling turquoise lakes.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.